Saka, Odegaard shine in Arsenal win at Watford

Bukayo Saka contributed a goal and an assist as Arsenal continued their fight for a Premier League top-four finish with an impressive 3-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday. Martin Odegaard got the visitors’ first on five minutes when, after a neat one-two with Saka, the England man played it back into his teammate’s path, who fired past Ben Foster.

Watford were level on 11 minutes through Cucho Hernandez, whose bicycle kick from Kiko Femenia’s cross flew past Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. But Arsenal were back ahead on the half hour mark as Saka finished off after being set up by Alexandre Lacazette. Mikel Arteta’s side scored a third on 52 minutes as Gabriel Martinelli finished off a wonderful team move. Saka took a quick throw and Odegaard combined with Lacazette for Martinelli to finish off.

“We are getting better and better, the understanding between the players is getting better, and we should have scored more today,” Arteta told BBC Sport after the match.

The Arsenal manager put the win partly down to his team’s renewed fighting spirit.

“I see how willing they are every day to train and improve. I think they are enjoying playing together and when some days it is not your best day, you somehow manage to win and that is important.

“Credit to Watford, they are fighting for their lives. They changed their team and it is hard to beat them. We have to be very honest with ourselves and our defensive structure was not good enough today. We allowed some chances and it is something we will work on.”